The governments signatory to the General Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Council of Europe, signed at Paris on the 2nd September 1949 (hereinafter referred to as "the Agreement"),
Desirous of extending the provisions of the Agreement,
Have agreed as follows:
Any present or future member of the Council of Europe not a signatory of the Agreement may accede to the latter and to this Protocol by depositing its instrument of accession to them both with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, who shall notify the members of the Council thereof.
The provisions of Article 15 of the Agreement shall apply to Representatives to the Assembly, and their Substitutes, at any time when they are attending or travelling to and from, meetings of committees and sub-committees of the Consultative Assembly, whether or not the Assembly is itself in session at such time.
The Permanent Representatives of members of the Council of Europe shall, while exercising their functions and during their journey to and from the place of meetings, enjoy the privileges, immunities and facilities normally enjoyed by diplomatic envoys of comparable rank.
Privileges, immunities and facilities are accorded to the representatives of members not for the personal benefit of the individuals concerned, but in order to safeguard the independent exercise of their functions in connection with the Council of Europe. Consequently, a member has not only the right but the duty to waive the immunity of its representative in any case where, in the opinion of the member, the immunity would impede the course of justice and it can be waived without prejudice to the purpose for which the immunity is accorded.
The provisions of Article 4 are not applicable in relation to the authorities of the State of which the person is a national or of the member of which he is or has been a representative.
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed the present Protocol.
Done at Strasbourg on the 6th day of November 1952, in English and French, both texts being equally authoritative, in a single copy which shall remain deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General shall transmit certified copies to each of the signatory and acceding governments.